Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board, Ireland

GRETB was formed in July 2013 and comprises 20 different education centres in counties Galway and Roscommon. It has approximately 1700 staff. The institutions range from secondary schools to further education colleges and education support services including adult education. Galway Technical Institute (GTI) is its largest institution. GTI is one of the leading colleges of Further Education in Ireland, providing QQI Level 5 & 6 courses. At GTI, courses are designed to be of immediate and practical use in the workplace or as a steppingstone to further study and higher qualifications. Everything our students learn will be valuable to them throughout their lives.

GTI has been actively involved in applying for and managing both LLP and Erasmus+ projects since 2008. Key staff have experience in writing European project application forms, working with EU project partners and in preparing both qualitative and quantitative reports. 

The Applied Learning approach in GTI is designed to enable students learn more effectively in real-life situations. Applied Learning provides students with learning experiences that involve solving problems that are based on real-life situations. This involves learning the role of a journalist or editor at GTI Gazette, becoming a sound engineer, film editor or production co-ordinator at CladdaTV. It may also involve working as a Beauty Therapist in GTI’s Poise Salon, or as a designer in GTI’s Annual Fashion Fiesta. Each department has its own unique real-life, real-time production/event/project. By bringing the real world into the classroom and the classroom into the real world, Applied Learning has become the most effective and exciting way to learn the key skills required for the 21st Century. GTI’s underlying philosophy is about learning together. This is centred on learner activity, collaborative learning and critically, learning to learn.

Facilities at GTI include recording studios, creative digital media laboratories, hairdressing and beauty salons, furniture design workshops, fashion studios plus a wide range of specialist IT facilities.  

There are approximately 1700 staff working for GRETB. While GTI will be the project partner under GRETB – we will have the opportunity to cascade the project outputs to all other education centres.